Safest and Most Dangerous States

Updated December 14, 2021 | Infoplease Staff

In general, Americans have seen a decline in crime since a peak in the late 1900s (although it sometimes seem that crime is on the rise). The violent crime rate is half what it was in the early 1990s per capita, and property crimes are at a 50-year low.

But, the benefits of waning crime aren't felt equally across all 50 states. WalletHub, a credit-focused publication that compiles informative lists, has data to help individuals determine which are the safest and which are the most dangerous states.

In order to determine the safest states in which to live, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across five key dimensions: 1) Personal & Residential Safety, 2) Financial Safety, 3) Road Safety, 4) Workplace Safety, and 5) Emergency Preparedness. Wallethub evaluated those dimensions using 37 relevant metrics ... Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of safety. Wallethub then calculated the total score for each state based on its weighted average across all metrics and used the resulting scores to construct the final ranking.

Overall
rank
State Total
Score
1 Maine 66.02
2 Vermont 65.48
3 Minnesota 62.42
4 Utah 61.71
5 Wyoming 59.21
6 Iowa 59.21
7 Massachusetts 58.84
8 New Hampshire 58.82
9 Connecticut 58.81
10 Rhode Island 58.15
11 Washington 57.53
12 Oregon 56.99
13 Hawaii 55.89
14 New Jersey 53.71
15 Virginia 53.29
16 Maryland 52.32
17 Indiana 52.20
18 North Dakota 51.83
19 Wisconsin 51.71
20 Idaho 51.20
21 Delaware 50.83
22 Michigan 50.83
23 New York 50.40
24 Kentucky 50.37
25 Arizona 50.33
26 North Carolina 49.88
27 Nevada 49.78
28 New Mexico 49.64
29 Alaska 48.52
30 Nebraska 47.60
31 California 47.37
32 West Virginia 46.88
33 Pennsylvania 46.45
34 Illinois 45.92
35 Ohio 45.29
36 Colorado 44.45
37 Kansas 44.41
38 Montana 44.07
39 Tennessee 43.70
40 South Dakota 43.33
41 South Carolina 41.46
42 Georgia 40.91
43 Alabama 40.22
44 Missouri 40.12
45 Oklahoma 37.45
46 Texas 36.61
47 Arkansas 36.14
48 Florida 34.63
49 Louisiana 32.53
50 Mississippi 32.00
Source: Wallethub.com, FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
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